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  • Summary: Jake Tyler never goes looking for trouble, but it always seems to find him. Since the breakup of his parents' marriage, it's everywhere he turns. Freshly transplanted from a sleepy Iowa town to the heat and flash of new-money Orlando, Florida, Jake seems headed for even more rocky terrain as he is pulled into an underground fighting league--a kind of fight club for teens. With the help of his new group of friends--a fight and life-savvy coach, a free-thinking and adventurous girlfriend, and a scrawny but charming best friend--Jake manages to rise above the chaos around him. But just as he's beginning to feel like he's in control, his world is turned upside down once again by an unrelenting campaign to get him back in the ring. (Summit Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. 75
    Formulaic and derivative, but sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture.
  2. 63
    The movie is just a cheesy, preposterous, semi-eroticized way of yelling, "Fight! Fight!," when two people go at it in the school cafeteria.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Best part, though, is the cast: Everyone's a model, everyone beats each other half to death, and no one looks as if they've ever suffered so much as a coldsore.
  4. Jeff Wadlow directed this exploitation flick, which seems designed for students on spring break.
  5. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    40
    About as bland, predictable, and self-important as you’d expect.
  6. Reviewed by: Jason McBride
    38
    At times, the film is more fun than it deserves to be, and it's probably a lot more fun if you're a 13-year-old with an addiction to "Bully: Scholarship Edition."
  7. Sitting through this is groan-inducing enough, but it's spiritually depressing to watch Djimon Hounsou, who deserves better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 50
  2. Negative: 15 out of 50
  1. MichelleM.
    May 8, 2008
    10
    Great movie!! I love the music in this movie!!!
  2. KyleL.
    Sep 15, 2008
    10
    Best movie i have watched in a while i watched it about 25 times already and i cant stop watching it i vote it a ten and the ppl that say the older ppl that vote wont like it are right cuz they don't like thinks we do were teens we wanan see that sh*t. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    Fight Club is better, but thats one of the best fight films ever, so inspiring and motivating. If you watch you will be amazed about the major characters focus. Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2013
    8
    Though the story is straightforward and simple that you can guess how it will finish but still movie is thrilling and enjoyable. Very poorly rated by critics. Expand
  5. LuizP.
    Aug 13, 2008
    6
    I would vote 9...good action fight movie, but the director made Capoeira look ridicule and silly...I teach Capoeira for 25 years and I think he should respect more my art form...also the actor who made the scene should be ashame to do those ridicules movements and get punch in the face...Capoeira is not what the director showed! Expand
  6. SeonL.
    Apr 5, 2008
    3
    3, only for the professional editing and camera work. Otherwise, ZERO for glorifying violence as an ultimate solution to teenagers in high school.
  7. CoreyG.
    Mar 11, 2008
    0
    Wow, unredeemable in any way, except for being a marketing tool for product placement of lifestyle obsession. I watched a screening today - even with free tickets this movie lacked everything. Amistad was a great movie, why would Djimon Hounsou be in this trash... Can a movie be held together by plot holes? Expand

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